Congress is transferring shortly to avert the monetary disaster presently plaguing the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). On Saturday August 22nd the House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill aiming to supply much wanted emergency funding to assist USCIS meet its operational wants.
Earlier this 12 months, USCIS made clear that with out further funding the company would want to furlough two-thirds of its workforce by the tip of August, even after saying a rise in charges set to enter impact on October 2nd. The company has been struggling to remain afloat within the wake of the Coronavirus.
While the invoice nonetheless must move the Senate and be signed into legislation by the President, that is very promising information and a step in the suitable course for candidates ready in line for his or her functions to be processed on a well timed foundation.
Should the invoice achieve success it’ll cease the company’s deliberate furloughs and inject much wanted capital to assist USCIS cope with the numerous backlogs throughout the board. The Senate is anticipated to return to chambers in September and can doubtless take up the problem as quickly as attainable.
For now, Congress has requested USCIS to delay its furloughs in gentle of latest Congressional deliberations. Senators and Congressmen have despatched letters to the heads of each USCIS and DHS stating, “USCIS’s improved financial position and continued efforts by Congress to ensure the agency’s operational continuity warrant a further delay in furloughs.”
For its half, USCIS has agreed to delay furloughs till the tip of this month to present each homes of Congress sufficient time to supply monetary reduction. DHS nonetheless has had its doubts that Congress can ship further funding in time. DHS officers have had conversations discovering that furloughs might save the company $330 million.
We stay hopeful that lawmakers in each homes will move a decision by September.
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